The start of the 2015-16 school year will find Palo Alto High with a new athletic director and the framework for the school's new gym facilities.
Something else will be new, as well, in a manner of speaking. The Vikings will have a new boys' basketball coach.
Peter Diepenbrock, who coached the Vikings for 11 years and guided them to the CIF Division II state championship in 2006, is back.
Actually, he never left. He's finishing up his 18th year at Paly, including the past seven as head of the PE department.
Adam Sax, who has coached the Paly boys the past five years, decided to leave the program a week ago. He was living in Morgan Hill and teaching at Leland High in San Jose. Thus, there was too much commuting and he was facing the prospect coaching this coming season without a gym to call home.
According to Diepenbrock, Sax has taken a job as head boys basketball coach at Amador Valley in Pleasanton and plans on moving his family there.
Once Sax left and the Paly job was open, Diepenbrock took notice.
"I heard it was open," he said. "I told (current AD) Jason (Fung) and (AD to be) Kathi (Bowers) that I'd like to do it. They said 'great.'
"It's a great job with great, great students," Diepenbrock said. "I already know a lot of the kids. It just kind of seemed like the right thing to do. I feel like it's a good opportunity."
Diepenbrock last coached the Paly boys in 2008, a season marred by the discovery of an ineligible player who had transferred from Australia. The Vikings wound up forfeiting 11 games and finishing 5-19.
Diepenbrock had the opportunity to coach at the community college level and spent the next three years coaching the men's basketball team at Canada College in Redwood City. However, he remained in the PE department at Paly.
He has coached at the National Junior Basketball (NJB) level in Menlo Park the past four years in addition to hosting his annual summer camps.
The job opening at Paly comes with perfect timing for Diepenbrock as the cupboard has not been left bare.
"The freshman class is absolutely loaded," Diepenbrock said. "There are probably 3-6 who could play varsity next year."
Now, Diepenbrock just needs to find a place to practice and play.
"A lot of home games will be at Gunn," he said. "There's lots of work to do."
Diepenbrock, of course, is best known for the 2006-06 season that featured Jeremy Lin. That team finished 32-1, wrapping up a 24-game win streak with a 51-47 upset of highly favored Mater Dei in the state finals.
A year earlier, Paly went 31-2 and lost in the NorCal title game, giving the Vikings their best two back-to-back years in program history.